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(6) Procedures for Throwing a Switch (Turnout). The following basic rules for
operation apply to all types.
(a) Observe the following:
When a switch is to be made, a crew member shall ride the point in the
direction of travel.
The crew member on the point shall signal the engineer to stop 3 to 6 feet
before reaching the turnout (switch).
Before throwing any switch, ensure there are no impending movements
over the switch and proper switch alignment is defined.
Check the switch points for rocks, wood, or other foreign objects that may
interfere with switch operation.
Unlock the switch if necessary.
Take a firm, steady stance with the body clear of all moving parts.
Release the latch, if so equipped. Caution: a switch handle may be under
tension and could fly when the latch is released.
Bend the knees and grab the handle with both hands. Watch for close
clearances and ensure fingers are not crushed under the handle.
Lift with slow, even pressure, using the leg muscles. Use the same
pressure to lower the handle into its keeper, if so equipped. Be careful not
to strain or suddenly stop. Balance is important throughout.
Double-check to see that the keeper is locked, if so equipped, and the
switch points are properly aligned.
When the switch has been thrown, a crew member shall signal the engineer
to proceed through turnout.
Relock the switch when through using it if required by the local operating
directives.
Crew members shall ensure that the turnout is properly aligned prior to
reverse movement.
For lever switches, pull rather than lift the lever.
To throw a lever switch, trip its latch with one hand, get a firm grip and
sure footing and pull the lever into position, using leg muscles to assist.
Report a defective switch to the railroad dispatcher immediately.
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